Amanda Elfman is a UVA student who is spending the Spring 2016 semester at Ben-Gurion University, Israel. Check out her photos from her first month abroad!
View from El Al airplane window landing in Tel Aviv.
Monument to the Negev Brigade, overlooking Be’er Sheva from the east.
Tel Be’er Sheva (Abraham’s Well): archaeological site thought to be the remains of the biblical town of Beersheba.
Guard dog, Tel Be’er Sheva.
View of the Negev desert in Sde Boker.
Mediterranean Sea, Jaffa.
View of Tel Aviv from Jaffa.
Suspended orange tree in Jaffa. Artist statement: “Is ‘Deracinement’ the big sickness of our times? Can uprooted existence, established so definitely through international economics,communication & technology produce anew, lighter genuine aesthetic? My‘growing sculptures’ do not try to answer these questions. They rather show a ‘rooted – uprooted’ state while going on living, much as we do, growing into an unclear future.”
Alleyway in Jaffa’s old city.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
Walking through the streets of Tel Aviv on a rainy, ‘winter’ day.
Nahum Gutman Fountain mosaic depicting the establishment of Tel Aviv and the state
Mediterranean Sea, Tel Aviv.
Old City, Be’er Sheva.
The British imported cats into Israel in the 1930’s to combat a rat epidemic;now it is estimated that there are 2 million stray cats. They are everywhere.
Ben Gurion University Gate of Peace.